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David Ashton
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David Ashton   8/2/2014 8:11:52 PM
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@Max: ... "...this will make a great "stocking filler" at Christmas".  

Or giveaways at EELive 2015? :-)  (You listening, Karen?)

Yeah, for $2.50 you can't go wrong.

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Max The Magnificent   8/2/2014 4:42:43 PM
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@David: ...one of my suppliers had some dinky little DMMs - about 3 x 1-3/4 inches - for $5 some time ago, and it would be ideal for a travelling kit...

Good news: it is available in the USA from www.jaycar.us

Bad news: They have a minimum order of $25

Good news, the price drops to $2.50 each for more than 6, so I ordered 11 because this will make a great "stocking filler" at Christmas

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Max The Magnificent   8/2/2014 1:52:28 PM
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@David: ...one of my suppliers had some dinky little DMMs - about 3 x 1-3/4 inches - for $5 some time ago, and it would be ideal for a travelling kit.

I like this one -- I'll have to see if it's available here in the USA

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David Ashton   8/2/2014 7:53:35 AM
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@Elizabeth - I had a gander on the Newark site and there they are $10.28 - there are three types listed in Element 14 Aus and the cheapest is 6.88.  Still a good deal though...

http://www.newark.com/duratool/d00197/mini-tool-kit-26pcs/dp/94M6919

PS ref my comment to Max above re the mini-DMMs.  I'm glad SOMETHING is cheaper in Australia!! :-)

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David Ashton   8/1/2014 9:06:50 PM
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@Antedeluvian - good idea.  In travelling toolkits I try to include an analogue multimeter (with a meter and a needle - remember them?) because they don't need a battery to measure volts and amps and it's easy enough to include a spare AA battery in the pack in case the ohms battery does run down.   They are pretty rare these days though.  

But one of my suppliers had some dinky little DMMs - about 3 x 1-3/4 inches - for $5 some time ago, and it would be ideal for a travelling kit (as long as you remember to switch it off before putting it back in the kit.  Also for mounting next to your breadboard.  Not top-notch by any means, but neat and adequate for these uses.  No pic I'm afraid, if I can find one I'll post it.  You also get the larger, but thinner, wallet type DMMs which are also good for toolkits.

OK, here's a pic and a link.  The size is 94 x 46 x 26 mm (3.7 x 1.8 x 1 inch)

http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=QM1502



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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 1:22:29 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: I don't know. Haven;t been there in years. It was all so shocking.

Arrgghhh ROFG (rolling on the floor groaning :-)

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MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 1:18:05 PM
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@Max, I don't know. Haven;t been there in years. It was all so shocking.

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antedeluvian   8/1/2014 11:52:20 AM
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elizabeth

The other thing that all of these are missing is a small multimeter...

This could be realized with iPad/iPhone attachments like iMultimeter or the Oscium 'scope

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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 11:32:19 AM
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@Elizabeth: I was just having a look around the iFixit site and saw this one

https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Essential-Electronics-Toolkit/IF145-047

 

That's pretty cool -- it looks like the main difference between this and the other one (apart from the much lower price) is that thsi doesn't include the Apple-specific screwdriver bits, and I couldn't care less about those :-)

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elizabethsimon   8/1/2014 11:24:47 AM
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I was just having a look around the iFixit site and saw this one

https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Essential-Electronics-Toolkit/IF145-047

which also looks nice and appears to be even more compact. It's still missing the pliers and cutters but you might be able to fit some in the pouch.

The other thing that all of these are missing is a small multimeter...

 

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